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What is diatomaceous earth – and why does your garden need it?
Using diatomaceous earth in your garden
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When dealing with pest control, there are many home remedies and solutions to explore. One you may or may not have heard of is diatomaceous earth. You may be wondering what diatomaceous earth is and what pests it can get rid of, and that’s where we come in. This simple guide will answer all the questions you have about using diatomaceous earth as a pest control method, from what it is to how to use it, so that you have all the info you need to make the best choice for your garden.

What is diatomaceous earth?
Diatomaceous earth is a naturally occurring sedimentary rock that contains diatoms, a type of ancient algae. It's extremely soft and easy to crush into a powder, which is the form you are most likely to find it in. You can find bags of diatomaceous earth powder online and in many home improvement stores.

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6 popular magnolia tree and shrub species for your yard
At least one of these will fit in your yard or garden
Closeup of a southern magnolia flower

Magnolias are beautiful, long-lived trees and have many wonderful species. Although they’re well known throughout the South, magnolia trees can actually grow anywhere. There is a magnolia tree for any garden or lifestyle, from dry weather to cold weather, big to small, and with a wide variety of flower sizes, shapes, and amounts. These stunning flowering shrubs and trees will look lovely in your yard. No matter what type of magnolia you’re looking for, one of these six is sure to be a good fit. Here are our six favorite magnolia tree and shrub species for you to try.

Star magnolia
Star magnolias are stunning shrubs or small trees with white or pink flowers. They are among the hardiest magnolia species, being resistant to cold, as well as pests and diseases. However, it's not a drought-tolerant tree. This magnolia species is most suited for zones 4 through 9, and it's among the earliest blooming magnolias. You can expect to see tons of flowers in early spring or occasionally even in late winter! Although not the smallest magnolia species, they are relatively small, growing to between 15 and 20 feet tall. Star magnolias can grow in containers, but they may require extra pruning to keep them smaller.

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Bougainvillea is gorgeous – here’s how to care for it
Planting and taking care of your bougainvillea
Dark pink bougainvillea flowers along a fence top

Bougainvillea is a family of flowering vines and trees native to South America. With flowers that bloom in a wide range of colors and a hardy nature, this plant is becoming increasingly popular across the U.S. If you have an archway, fence, or trellis in need of a new vine, or an empty spot in need of a tree, this beautiful perennial might be the perfect plant for you.

Ideal for pollinator gardens and bird lovers, bougainvillea is a great fit for many yards and gardens. We’ve put together a guide to answer all your bougainvillea questions, from planting it to keeping it healthy and safe from pests.

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